There are some very profound truths found in the very beginning of the Bible. They are put there, right at the start of the word of the Lord, for a very clear intent--yet many people overlook them.
Right there, in the very first chapter, we learn during the physical creation of the world that God also physically created man...in His own image.
Truth: we are in the similitude of God. We are not perfected and glorious as He is but He truly did make us in His own image.
And God wasn’t done.
“…male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth…” And then God reviewed all He had made and proclaimed it good, “behold, it was very good.”
Then we get a little bit more information on the creation of Adam and Eve in chapter two but, once again, God brings the two together. We know this because Adam, beholding Eve, affirmed what he had learned from the Lord. “This is now flesh of my flesh…Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.”
Then the final verse refers to the couple as man and wife.
Truth: The sacred union between a man and a woman was instituted in the very beginning. Furthermore, that union clearly established them as man and wife. In other words, they were married. (Do you honestly think God would have given them the command to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth without having them enter into the sacred covenant of marriage first? I don’t believe God ‘winked’ at co-habitation simply because they were in the Garden. His standards do not change.)
Now, here is another truth that most people miss. They were married by the Lord, united by Him in that union, before death even entered the picture! God ordained their union (and proclaimed it very good) even before they partook of the fruit! From the get-go marriage (which is very good) was created by the Lord to be eternal!
But the book of Genesis isn't done revealing things to us yet. Remember what Adam said about a man leaving his father and his mother and cleaving unto his wife? Are you aware of how that statement is packed with prophecy and doctrine?
Truth: The prophetic statement was that Adam would be leaving the presence of his Heavenly Father in the Garden and cleaving to his wife.
And the doctrine is this--Adam came from a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother! Else wise, how could he have known about the mother part of things? Why would he even have mentioned a mother? How could he have understood the title and role of motherhood if it had never before existed?
I testify that he did know! He knew and understood what God had already taught him about marriage and family! He even knew enough about the Plan of Salvation and the role of motherhood to call his wife Eve, and then prophecy that she would become “the mother of all living.”
So when Adam was faced with the decision of remaining in the Garden of Eden or staying with his wife, he knew what to choose. He knew his role and he knew hers. He would leave his Heavenly home, leave his Heavenly parents, and cleave to his wife.
Then he would learn to make his own family in the image and similitude of God's.